Stacey's Double Take is a walk-in 'camera obscura' (Latin for "dark room") that inverts a real-time 'cinematic projection' of the exterior view onto its interior walls, ceiling and floor, and that will be situated at the entrance to the Fair and open to the public.
While Stacey has been transforming entire rooms into walk-in camera obscuras since 2013, this is the first time she will create a standalone art experience for an art fair.
Barry Keldoulis, Sydney Contemporary CEO and Fair Director, said: “We are thrilled to announce that Principal Partner, Deutsche Bank, has commissioned Double Take by Robyn Stacey.
“Double Take will be at the entrance to Carriageworks for the duration of the Fair and visitors will be able to sit inside the intimate mirrored cube and, as their eyes adjust, experience the mesmerising, inverted real-time 'cinematic projection' of the cube’s surrounds.”
Both the interior and the exterior of Stacey’s installation will be activated, with the mirrored casing of the cube being lit at night to create fields of colour against the night sky. By day, the mirrored cube will reflect back its surrounds.
Robyn Stacey said: “I was fascinated by the ability of the simplest and earliest form of optical device to transform the interior of rooms by projecting the outside world via a small hole over the walls, ceiling and floor of the room. As light travels in a straight line the room is wallpapered with the upside down and reverse view of external vistas, creating darkrooms of dramatically projected landscapes."